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tactic or a promise? okay, so, anna, first we had the debt ceiling. then we had the fiscal cliff, now we have this sequestration, which is really forced budget cuts. doesn't matter what you call it. it's the third time that the sky is falling. when are people going to stop believing that the sky is falling or top the sky from falling and vote in new people? >> i think the american people have stopped believing the sky is falling already. i see a lot less anxiety and sense a lot less anxiety about this than we had during the fiscal cliff. look, don, this has become like a bad halloween movie. jason never dies. he comes back and comes back and comes back and every time the movie is worse. it really has shown tremendous lack of responsibility. you know, the president came up with this idea, he doesn't want to take ownership, the republicans, the congress passed it. they don't want to take ownership and now it is everybody's problem. but we cannot be having on the -- you know, being on the verge of a nervous break down -- >> every couple months. >> -- every three months. we do not have the l
going. pretty simple, huh? republicans threaten to stop it. it's relentless, the fiscal abyss, the debt ceiling. different words, different deadlines all detonate the same explosion. they threaten to crash the government if they don't like the way it's doing something. if they don't like who the american people have elected as republican. isn't what the republicans did in the old days? if they didn't like a government somewhere, guatemala, iran, chile, they just brought it down. guess what? republicans are now using the same tactic here at home. if they don't like who we have elected as president, they find some way to undermine the president. whatever it takes to destroy it. we are using in this country the same old cold war cia tactics to destabilize our own country. look at the impact this constant threats to shut down the government have been having on public confidence. it's all in the ratings. it's undermining it, making people forever nervous about the basic ability of america to even have a running government. that patriotic? i don't think so. that's "hardball" for now. thanks f
's happening behind closed doors in deals like the fiscal cliff deal or debt ceiling deal. the very fact the process is happening and advocates know that their members are working together on this makes it much more likely for them to get involved. as those senators involved in this have mentioned. they are not planning to get a bill to the floor until march. so i think you're only going to see those efforts stepping up in the next few weeks. >> i want to bring in congressman castro, it's good to have you on the show. they would have had loved to have a tap on the phone, three republicans that he talked to yesterday talking about immigration. what do you take away from that? >> i think that the president is serious about working in a bipartisan way to get comprehensive immigration reform done. he does want to be a leader on this but also that he respects the role of the congress and specifically of those republicans who have gone out on a limb a bit to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality. >> we've been talking about the c contentious town hall, only guns will discourage illeg
. it was in the end game on the fiscal -- on the debt ceiling negotiations in 2011. literally july 27th, 2:30 in the afternoon, jack lew, who's in the white house chief of staff, rob neighbors, the head of congressional relations for president obama, went to see harry reid and proposed sequester. of course, everyone signed up to it, but it was designed to not happen. the cuts were perceived to be so draconian in domestic policy and in defense issues that no one would ever let this happen. it was the super committee, as you may remember, that was supposed to come up with more rational budget cuts. they failed. so we're stuck with -- it's kind of like being on a cruise ship with no power. >> where you have the captain and crew fighting each other and going around in circles. i don't get this, bob. you write this book about how the president and congress talk past each other. we have an election. we hear they might start talking together in a more positive sense. yet, here we have a situation that the defense industry hates, that advocates for the poor hate, that economists hate because you'r
and that was the case with the fiscal cliff deal and the previous debt ceiling fights. on the sequester you're not going to see real negative consequences or a lot of americans potentially losing jobs up until early april at the earliest. that's why you're not seeing a lot of movement on this now. >> lynn, this is how one person is spending his congressional recess, senator marco rubio just announced he is going to join israel ahead of secretary of state john kerry, ahead of the president himself. how should we read this? >> first of all it's telling he didn't say he's also going to the west bank, perhaps he is. most often these trips do include that, that he didn't want to mention if indeed what you showed was the release, that's an interesting angle to follow up on. this is what lawmakers do to season themselves, to become experts. is he not seen as necessarily an expert on international affairs right now and this is one of the areas that you go and by the way, if you wonder why a florida senator would be going to israel, it's because it's a major voting body within the state of florida. there's nothi
ceiling fight coming up again in may. so there's a lot of uncertainty around fiscal policy, around government contracting of all kinds. so it's going to be a sort of rolling snowball effect, i might call it, where it gets bigger and bigger. and by may this may be the only thing we're talking about. >> richard, one could wonder at this point, what was the point of setting the sequester limit if now we're just figuring out ways to come up with a new deal? this was supposed to be the deal. this was supposed to be the thing that forced action. >> right. >> what was the point of it if we're not going to enforce it? >> that's a very good question. what was the point of it? the point of it was that people had crawled out on a limb, and they needed to come off it somehow. the very people who crawled out on that limb are now saying, how did we ever get here? you made me do it. it is ridiculous. and unfortunately, you know, what's that hillary clinton line that she used to use? the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. just in ter
to our country. >> now, when it came to negotiations on the debt ceiling deal those came down to the wire. we saw the same thing with the fiscal cliff that didn't get resolved until after the deadline had passed and the sequester was supposed to take effect in january, but it got pushed to march. i have to ask you as a member of congress, why does congress put everything to the last minute, right down to the wire. is there a procedural reason for that? a tactical reason? >> it's like poker. you wait until you get the last card in order to find out whether you think you can win or not and then you normally assess what happens if you lose. but when you have a handful of people that can't lose and they want to win and if they stop government they've won and they don't feel the pain like it's their mom or their kids that are losing. they believe that their conservatism is enough to be a patriot to bring their own party down, but to bring the country down with it. and so i heard you say that we'll do this over and over again until people are numb, but even with russian roulette, there is a liv
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